from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A garrison, especially a fortress of the kind established in the southwest United States by the Spanish to protect their holdings and missions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A garrisoned place, especially one that is or was, at one time, under Spanish control.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place of defense; a fortress; a garrison; a fortress; a garrison or guardhouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seat of government; especially, a place of military authority; a military post: used in the southwestern United States.
- n. A place of deportation for criminals; a penitentiary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fortress established in the southwestern United States by the Spanish in order to protect their missions and other holdings
(On camera): Miss Bowles lives here in one of San Francisco's most prestigious neighborhoods called presidio heights.
Near each of the earlier coast missions there was also founded a military station called a presidio, a name borrowed from the Roman presidium.
The method of the authorities was to establish a military post, called a presidio, at some convenient point, from which protection would be extended to several missions.
And although your Lordship will doubtless proceed, I must warn you through my experience of European affairs, heedfully, that the reasons that operate in this small presidio, which is surrounded by barbarians and hostile nations, have no place in populous cities.
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The Viceroy of Mexico now remembered the discovery of an excellent port by Viscaino, and resolved to found a "presidio" there.
Then the Argentines scaled the walls of the presidio from the rear, and the fight within was quickly over.
And not before the anti-Spanish raiders, beginning their return to South America, burned down the Monterey presidio, plus the property of the royalist garrison though not that of the local population.
When the two-ship Argentine fleet approached Monterey, the local government cautiously retreated inland, leaving the defense to the soldiers in the presidio, or fort, and to pro-Spain militiamen.
With more than three hundred people at the presidio, mostly women and children families of the soldiers, he dared not send more.
More often the soldiers would ride out of the presidio, kill the first Indians they found, and return home.
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